Wednesday, 08 February 2023

Clearlake man arrested for hit and run involving child

LOWER LAKE – A man who allegedly hit a child with his car and fled the scene was arrested this morning.


The California Highway Patrol arrested Francisco Javier Olivarez-Zuniga, 19, of Clearlake on a felony charge of hit and run causing injury following the Friday morning collision, according to CHP Officer Adam Garcia.


At 7:50 a.m. Friday Olivarez-Zuniga was allegedly driving a 2007 Hyundai at about 10 miles per hour on Lake Street just north of Lower Lake Elementary when a 9-year-old boy entered the roadway from the left shoulder, Garcia reported.


Olivarez-Zuniga allegedly hit the boy with his vehicle and fled the scene, according to Garcia.


The child was taken to Redbud Hospital and treated for minor injuries, Garcia reported.


CHP Officer Steve Curtis, with the help of witness information, found and arrested Olivarez-Zuniga in Clearlake an hour after the collision, according to Garcia.


Olivarez-Zuniga remained in the Lake County Jail on Friday night, held on $10,000 bail.


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